Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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  • Client: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish
  • Architect: domusstudio

Project Details

This three-phase project for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish included Preconstruction, Site Development and Construction of a new sanctuary.

Extensive site development was performed for roughly 4 acres of land adjacent to the existing church facility requiring new underground utilities and bio swales, structural retaining walls, concrete and asphalt site work, new landscaping and a certified building pad for the new sanctuary.

Construction of the ground-up, 22,000 SF new steel frame and stucco sanctuary included the main, 36’ high congregation area with graceful 98’ curved, open steel trusses soaring over seating for 1,000. To the rear of the elevated altar and choir sections is the large, beautiful cross, or "Reredos" – complete with custom stained glass and hand carved wood. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the only church in California built in collaboration with artisans from Bosco de Chacas school in Peru.

Other unique features of the sanctuary work included hand carved 13-foot high mahogany doors covered with tooled copper; handmade glass floor tile and bowl for the baptismal font, and the 60-foot off-white marble river with its carved ripples; the Blessed Sacrament Chapel includes handcrafted meditation furniture, a 4000 lb sculpture of the Virgin Mary, and the beautiful hand forged Tabernacle.

The new Church is connected via a ‘Hospitality Grove’ area and beautiful Plaza to the existing Church/Administration, forming a strong, landscaped and trellised spine.

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